- Estelle Getty was OLDER than Bea Arthur
That’s right! Getty was 62 for the premiere, while Arthur was 63.
2. Bea Arthur and Betty White were NOT fond of one and other.
Of the relationship, White said, “She was not that fond of me. She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude — and that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she’d be furious!”
3. Bea Arthur would often refuse to wear shoes on set.
Arthur signed a contact not to sue the production company if she was injured.
4. Estelle Getty suffered from serious stagefright.
This was especially difficult, because ‘The Golden Girls’ filmed in front of a live studio audience. Of Getty’s condition, McClanahan said, “She’d panic. By tape day, she was unreachable. She was just as uptight as a human being could get. When your brain is frozen like that, you can’t remember lines.”